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Despite overall drop, infection rate remains high for dialysis patients
California Watch

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a drastic drop in one type of patient infection in hospitals, noting that targeted efforts have saved lives and millions of dollars. Yet the report also reveals that the same type of infections are showing up in large numbers at dialysis facilities, which now report more cases than hospital intensive-care units. The report focuses on “central line” infections, which patients get when sanitary practices aren’t followed in the handling of tubes that deliver medications directly into a patient’s vein.